Stories by Billy W. Hobbs

Monday, Jan. 31, 2011

Argument leads to Thomson shooting

THOMSON - A Mesena man remains in an Augusta hospital after being shot following an argument and altercation over a woman on Sunday.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

Big drug bust in Warren County

WARRENTON, Ga. – A total of 11 kilos of cocaine, valued at $1.2 million, was seized by authorities following a traffic stop on Interstate 20 in Warren County late Wednesday night.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011

Boone Knox remembered

THOMSON -- Boone Knox, a civic leader and philanthropist known for giving to his community, died Thursday after a long illness.
By Billy W. Hobbs and Rob Pavey

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011

McDuffie holdup suspect captured

THOMSON - A suspect has been arrested in connection with the recent armed robberies of two convenience stores in McDuffie County, authorities say.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

Colleagues remember driver

After completing their routes Thursday morning, more than 50 school bus drivers in McDuffie County gathered for a prayer service to remember Jennifer Beckum.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

McDuffie County bus driver dies in crash

School bus drivers in McDuffie County are mourning the loss of one of their own who died after being thrown out of the door of her bus on a dirt road Wednesday afternoon.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Thomson truck stop robbed

THOMSON - For the second time in as many nights, an armed robbery of a business has occurred in McDuffie County, authorities say.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Thomson position drawing lots of interest

More than 100 applicants have expressed an interest in becoming the next head football coach and athletic director at Thomson High School.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011

Thomson bandit sought

 THOMSON, Ga. -- Local and state authorities were searching today for a man who robbed the Shell convenience store on Washington Road at Interstate 20 near Thomson on Monday night.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010

Four men charged in Dec. 22 shooting of Thomson teenager

Four people were arrested and charged in the shooting of a Thomson teenager Dec. 22, authorities say.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010

Children get day to focus on hunting, not illnesses

Nonprofit offers children and adults with children under the age of 16 with life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer, an opportunity to fulfill their life dreams by hunting and fishing.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010

Dearing man killed in single-car accident

A 24-year-old McDuffie County man has died from injuries received in a single-car crash on U.S. Highway 221 near Harlem, Ga., earlier today.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

Shooting wounds Thomson teen

THOMSON – A 14-year-old teenager has been rushed to Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta following an afternoon shooting in McDuffie County.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Monday, Dec. 20, 2010

3 suspects held in fatal McDuffie shooting

THOMSON - Three men are being held as suspects in the shooting death of a 24-year-old Thomson resident.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Massive marijuana stash found

Local, state and federal authorities seized an estimated $500,000 worth of marijuana and arrested a pair of suspects during an undercover drug raid at a residence in Dearing.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Friday, Nov. 19, 2010

Teenager arrested in Thomson girl's death

THOMSON --- A teenager was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with McDuffie County's third homicide in two weeks.
By Billy W. Hobbs and Kyle Martin

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

Arrest made in shooting in Thomson

Authorities have charged Gregory Louis Morris, 52, with the slaying of Thomson musician Pate Morris.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

Thomson man, 79, found slain in driveway

THOMSON - Local and state authorities are investigating another killing in McDuffie County - the second within two weeks.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010

Thomson stars decide to play ball for Eagles

Georgia Southern University has landed two star athletes from Thomson High School. Baseball player Nick Rau and softball player Hannah Wilson officially signed with the Eagles on Monday.
By Billy W. Hobbs

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010

Thomson man admits to slayings in 2 states

THOMSON – A 29-year-old Thomson man has confessed to the separate weekend robberies and slayings of men in Georgia and North Carolina, authorities say.
By Billy W. Hobbs
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